Cricket

ICC Cricket World Cup: James Vince aims to clinch spot in England's final squad for 50-over mega event

  • Agence France-Presse
  • May 11th, 2019
  • 11:18:26 IST

London: James Vince hopes to capitalise on the banishing of Alex Hales over claims of drug use and force his way into England's World Cup plans.

File image of James Vince. AFP

File image of James Vince. AFP

The in-form Hampshire batsman could be involved in the 50-over showpiece after Hales was dramatically dropped from all England squads due to reported use of recreational drugs.

The 28-year-old Vince has the remaining four matches of England's one-day international series against Pakistan to stake his claim.

"If he was here I don't think I'd be here now," Vince said of Hales. "I'm not going to say too much on his situation but it has given me an opportunity.

"It's great to be back among the lads and I want to push my case to get into that World Cup squad."

England have until 23 May to finalise their squad for the home tournament, with their opening match against South Africa taking place seven days later at the Oval.

Vince has already endured frustration in his quest to impress national selector Ed Smith and head coach Trevor Bayliss after the five-match series opener was curtailed by rain on Wednesday.

Pakistan reached 80-2 in the 19 overs that were possible, with Vince and fellow fringe player Joe Denly denied a chance to impress.

Pace bowler Jofra Archer, however, served further notice of his World Cup credentials with a wicket and two maiden overs, and Vince admits competition for places is hotting up.

"Jofra's not in it (the World Cup squad) at the moment so I guess there are a few options and a few different balances to the side," said Vince.

"I'm trying not to think about it too much and if and when I do get an opportunity in this series, (I will) try to push my case.

"They've played some magnificent cricket and got to number one in the world so it's been a tough team to break into."

With opener Jason Roy set to be fit after overcoming a back spasm, Vince is unsure whether he will be involved in the second match of the series on Saturday and is considering turning out for his county.

And he said he was unsure how much he would be involved in the rest of the series against Pakistan.

"I guess it depends on what they're thinking for the World Cup, whether they want to give me game time or whether I'm not part of their plans," he said.

"At the minute, I don't know a huge amount but hopefully I'll get at least one more opportunity in this series."

For all the latest news, opinions and analysis from ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, click here

Updated Date: May 11, 2019 11:18:26 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

MCC open to changing rules of short-pitch bowling, suggests tweaks in Umpire's Call
First Cricket News

MCC open to changing rules of short-pitch bowling, suggests tweaks in Umpire's Call

The Committee, headed by Mike Gatting and which also includes the likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Sourav Ganguly and Shane Warne, stressed on maintaining balance between bat and ball.

Indian domestic season for women's cricket to start with 50-over tournament from 11 March
First Cricket News

Indian domestic season for women's cricket to start with 50-over tournament from 11 March

The Senior Women’s One-day Tournament will be held across six venues — Surat, Rajkot, Jaipur, Indore, Chennai and Bengaluru.

Faf du Plessis announces retirement from Test cricket, shifts focus to game's shortest format
First Cricket News

Faf du Plessis announces retirement from Test cricket, shifts focus to game's shortest format

South African cricketer Faf du Plessis announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday. The 36-year-old released a statement stating how he felt that it was time to retire from the longest format of the game.